Joyful Musings

16
Mar
2018

We're Hiring!

We are looking for an engergetic, hard working, puntcual, and personable interior design assistant. The ideal canididate will have the ability to interact with other desingers as well as represent the firm to clients and potential clients. If this sounds like you, read below to learn more about the position and what you need to apply.

07
Dec
2017
10
Feb
2014

Design Files: Philanthropy By Design

I just realized that I've never revealed another great project. There is an organization called by Philanthropy by Design which helps nonprofit organizations improve their spaces with the assistance of interior designers. It's a fantastic organization and I was lucky to be able to volunteer my services. My project was one of the SRO community rooms in San Francisco

07
Dec
2017
03
Feb
2014

Design Files: Loungy Bathroom Update

Last year, I had the pleasure of helping a church update their bathrooms. I shared the plans and renderings here. Just for a recap, this was the plan.

07
Dec
2017
31
Jan
2014

House Reveal: Office

So we're at the end of the house tour - the last room I'll be showing is the office. I've shared the thought process on planning the space previously here. The office has a great view towards the Hollywood Hills and gets great light during the day. Here is the bedroom before:

07
Dec
2017
29
Jan
2014

House Reveal: Family Room

So we're nearing the end of the house reveal and the pickings are getting pretty slim :D. The room that we use the most is the family room. There wasn't much going on in this room for months until the sofa finally arrived. Now it's at least comfortable even if Zoe has officially taken over the space. Here are the before pictures:

07
Dec
2017
27
Jan
2014

House Reveal: Dining "Room"

As promised, here is a full view of the dining room. The dining room is open to the living room, kitchen, and den. There is a 2-sided fireplace that separates the dining room from the living room. When we first moved in, the fireplace had a large overhang/seating area that wrapped around it and protruded into the dining room area.

07
Dec
2017
24
Jan
2014

A Few Additions...

The remaining areas of the house - the communal spaces - have been pretty much neglected. We're basically working with what we have except that there is an additional living space - the den - and we did not have furniture for that space. Here are a few other things that we've added to the house that I didn't get to discuss when they arrived.

07
Dec
2017
21
Jan
2014

Dining Chair Revamp

I spent the three-day weekend relaxing with the fam so we'll take this short week off from the reveal of the final rooms in the house. But I wanted to share a few of the random projects that I never got a chance to discuss. Last year, I decided I wanted to finally replace our dining room chairs that we've had since we bought our first table in the San Francisco house.

07
Dec
2017
17
Jan
2014

House Reveal: Bar Closet

Let's celebrate another wonderful Friday by revealing the best part of the house...the bar closet :). The closet was originally the location for the furnace. After we upgraded the HVAC system, we moved the entire unit to the garage and had this empty closet in the main family room. The closet was skim-coated and painted the same gray as the rest of the main living areas of the house.

07
Dec
2017
15
Jan
2014

House Reveal: Guest Bathroom

The only other full bathroom in the house is attached to the nursery. When we bought the house, the bathroom contained yellow and black tiles/sinks/tubs/etc. It actually wasn't horrible and I would have been content with spraying it all white but the tiles contained lead and had to be professionally removed. Here are before pics:

07
Dec
2017
13
Jan
2014

House Reveal: Master Bedroom

Let's kick off this week with a peek into the master bedroom. The room looked like this when we started. The bulk of the work in this room was simple decorations. We added a door for the closet, new flooring and a few electrical outlets for sconces/chandelier but the rest is just paint, fabric, and furniture.

07
Dec
2017
10
Jan
2014

House Reveal: Master Bathroom

Let's finish this week with a before and after of the master bathroom. Here it is in all it's initial pink glory. We didn't do that much to reconfigure the space. We added all new plumbing and leveled the floor from the sunken tub to make one massive shower. Next we added a lot of marble and black tile, heated floor mats

07
Dec
2017
08
Jan
2014

House Reveal: Kitchen

On to the next room...the kitchen! I've talked extensively about the changes to the kitchen layout and the progress here and here. This is the room when we started:

07
Dec
2017
06
Jan
2014

House Reveal: Nursery

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. We had a great Thanksgiving with friends, scored some great finds on Black Friday, and had a low-key first Christmas for Zoe. The best is that we were able to focus on those last finishing touches for the house and finally had them photographed. So to get this year started, let's spend a few days doing a house reveal.

07
Dec
2017
22
Nov
2013

Backsplash fabulousness

This is happening today... I'm using the Normandy pattern from Granada Tile.

07
Dec
2017
12
Nov
2013

OCD Pantry

I have a thing for organization. I think everything should have a place and, ideally, always be in that place. This is a little tough to implement when you live in a half-finished house but every once in a while this need for organization kicks in and I go all OCD on a space. Such is the case with our pantry. One day, I woke up to be greeted by ants in our pantry

07
Dec
2017
04
Nov
2013

Loving a Long Living Room

I have a new guest post over at Courtney Out Loud for my "monthly" column about space planning. I'm discussing how to create seating groups for long living rooms which, like everything else, is at the forefront of my mind because of my house renovations. :)